Kenny Hunter

Jimmy Reid, 1932 - 2010. Clydeside trade union activist; writer and journalist (1999)

About this artwork

Hunter's tribute to this famous trade-union activist wittily subverts our usual expectations of the dignified portrait bust. Made of bright red fibre-glass, not white marble, and placed on an ordinary table rather than a grand plinth, Jimmy Reid is larger than life than life and distinctly anti-establishment. Reid worked in the Clyde shipyards in his native Glasgow and helped lead the famous work-in of 1971.

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Kenny Hunter

Kenny Hunter

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Sculptor Kenny Hunter studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1983 to 1987. His work is heavily influenced by plastic toys, in the colours and flawless finish he uses for his sculptures. Hunter sees this as related to classical sculptors who worked with marble until no marks from their chisels and tools could be seen. His work looks as if it has been made by a machine rather than by hand. Hunter combines high art culture with popular culture in his work. Selected public artworks include: The Unknown, Borgie Forest, Sutherland (2012); iGoat, Spitalfields, London (2010); and Citizen Firefighter, Central Station, Glasgow (2001). Recent exhibitions include A Shout in the Street, Tramway, Glasgow (2008); What am I doing here?, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2013) and Busan Biennale Sculpture Project, Korea (2013). Hunter is a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art and lives in Glasgow.